Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard can no longer play in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game or participate in the 3-Point Contest, but his groin injury won't keep him from the stage.
According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, Lillard will still perform music under his artist name Dame D.O.L.L.A. during the All-Star Weekend festivities at Chicago's United Center Saturday night.
It had been reported last week that the five-time All-Star was planning on performing.
Lillard's third album, BIG D.O.L.L.A., dropped last August. It followed 2016's The Letter "O" and 2017's Confirmed.
The 29-year-old has garnered the respect from his musical peers, too. Adidas Basketball released a spot for Lillard's new signature shoe featuring a song about Lillard by Pusha T and Pharrell:
Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
New visual for my collab with @PUSHA_T for the #Dame6. 🔥🔥🔥 @PUSHA_T and @Pharrell got together and worked up a track about me! 🎯 Shoutout to @adidashoops for making it happen. /// #BeYourOwnFan #IAmMyOwnFan #FreeToCreate #PushaT #KingPush #Pharrell #Dame6 #YKWTII https://t.co/VXK57mLbCK
Lillard suffered what was initially described as a right groin strain late in the Blazers' 111-104 loss to Memphis on Wednesday night. Afterward, he suggested that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker replace him in the All-Star Game and 3-Point Contest:
Booker was announced earlier Thursday as Lillard's replacement.
The MTN Dew 3-Point Contest is scheduled as All-Star Saturday Night's second event between the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and AT&T Slam Dunk Contest.
The All-Star Game will tip off at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night.